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Speeches: Non House of Commons: Speech notes and source material., 09 Jan 1941 - 27 Apr 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHAR 9/181A-B

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Speech notes for WSC's speech (9 January, Pilgrim's Society Luncheon, Savoy Hotel, London) entitled "United States co-operation" proposing a toast to Lord Halifax [earlier Edward Wood and Lord Irwin] on his appointment as British Ambassador to the United States and on the death of [11th] Lord Lothian [earlier Philip Kerr]. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6327-9.BBC broadcast by WSC (9 February) entitled "Give us the tools" on the war situation including: the repulsion of the threat of German invasion and the Italian attack on Greece, successes in Libya and Egypt under General Sir Archibald Wavell [Commander in Chief Middle East], the bombing of Britain, the Home Front and WSC's admiration for the police and German successes in the Balkans. Includes the phrase "Give us the tools and we will finish the job". Speech notes not complete. Also includes correspondence from [2nd Lord Linlithgow, earlier Alexander Hope] Governor General and Viceroy of India, J Alfred Spender, Hugh Gaitskell [Principal Private Secretary to Minister of Economic Warfare] on the distribution of copies of the speech, W Horsfall Carter; 1st Lord Woolton [earlier Frederick Marquis, Minister of Food], Prime Minister of Canada [Mackenzie King], Prime Minister of New Zealand [Peter Fraser]; copies of correspondence and notes from and John Colville [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC], John Martin [Private Secretary to WSC] and John Peck [Assistant Private Secretary to WSC]; extracts from a speech by Hitler; and newspaper cuttings of the speech. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6343-50.WSC's speech (18 March, Pilgrim's Society Luncheon, London) welcoming John Winant as United States Ambassador to Great Britain. Speech notes not present but source material includes notes from [A V Alexander] First Lord of the Admiralty]. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6361-2. Speech notes for WSC's speech (27 March, Conservative and Unionist Associations Central Meeting, Caxton Hall, Westminster, London) entitled "Yugoslavia has found its soul" on national unity and the coalition government and his position as leader of the Conservative Party and the war situation including the Battle of the Atlantic and events in Yugoslavia [later Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Slovenia]. Also includes a pamphlet on the meeting, statements on the future of the Labour Party and correspondence from Douglas Hacking [Chairman of the Conservative Party Organisation]. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6363-6.Appeal by WSC (17 April) to Australia urging support for the war loan campaign and praising John Curtin as Prime Minister of Australia. Also includes correspondence relating to the recording of the speech by the BBC and notes by John Peck, John Martin and Anthony Bevir [Private Secretary to WSC].WSC's address (19 April) to the Czech forces. Also includes correspondence from Ralph Stevenson [Principal Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs] and copies of correspondence from John Martin.BBC broadcast by WSC (27 April) entitled "Westward, look, the land is bright" on the war situation including public morale, his tours of bomb-damaged cities, Wavell's successes in Libya, condemnation of Hitler and Mussolini, praise for troops from Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), and the Battle of the Atlantic and praise for the Royal Navy and the RAF. Also includes correspondence from Sir Samuel Hoare [later 1st Lord Templewood], Averell Harriman [United States Special Representative in Great Britain], John Curtin, Sir Edward Grigg [later 1st Lord Altrincham, Joint Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for War], William Mallet [Assistant Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary], Sir Arthur Blackburn, Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon , Foreign Secretary] Lord Halifax; Pieter Gerbrandy, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, and copies of correspondence from John Martin and Bevir. Published: Complete Speeches VI, pp 6378-84. For further material for some of the above speeches see also CHAR 9/150.


  • Creation: 09 Jan 1941 - 27 Apr 1941

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